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Statue of Liberty: Tickets and Tours

While Lady Liberty is visible from many parts of Manhattan, there is nothing like getting up and personal with the most iconic statue in American history. The Statue of Liberty is one of America's great icons and a must see when you are visiting New York City. Enjoy priority boarding on the Liberty Island ferry and immerse yourself in New York City history.

How much do Statue of Liberty tickets cost?

There are a variety of ways to access Liberty Island, explore the statue, as well as gain admittance to the recently created Statue of Liberty Museum.

Reserve Ticket

A ferry takes you from New York City to Liberty Island and Ellis Island. Visitors are treated to the Statue of Liberty as well as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. However, access inside the monument is not granted through a Reserve Ticket.

  • Adult: $18.50
  • Senior (62+): $14
  • Children (4-12): $9

Reserve with Pedestal Access

Entry includes all the perks of the general Reserve Ticket in addition to special access to the Fort Wood section of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Also includes priority boarding onto the ferry.

  • Adult: $18.50
  • Senior (62+): $14
  • Children (4-12): $9

Reserve with Crown Ticket

Entry includes all the perks of the general Reserve Ticket in addition to special access to the Crown of the Statue of LIberty. Those with Crown tickets also get priority boarding onto the ferry.

  • Adult: $21.50
  • Senior (62+): $17
  • Children (4-12): $12

Hard Hat Tour of Ellis Island

The ticket includes a 90-minute tour of select areas of Ellis Island Hospital along with general access to the Statue of Liberty. Visitors get to tour the infection and contagious wards of the hospital, kitchen, mortuary, and autopsy room.

  • Adult: $58.50
  • Senior (62+): $54

How do you book Statue of Liberty tickets in advance? How do you skip the line?

Statue of Liberty tickets are available on the official website as well as through travel agencies like Headout, Musement, and Viator.

It is highly encouraged that you purchase Statue of Liberty tickets in advance since they regularly sell out days/months in advance of the actual date. Use TtourScanner search's tool as ticket prices from travel sites change frequently.

Are there any combined tickets including Statue of Liberty tickets and other attractions?

There are many ways to see Liberty Island and Ellis Island along with another popular NYC attraction. Here are the most popular ones:

Is it possible to visit the Statue of Liberty for free?

There is technically no cost to visit Liberty Island. However, you need a boat or some other type of vessel to reach it. Therefore, most people spend a small amount of money in order to get a round-trip ferry as well as access to specially reserved parts of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. It is also possible to view the Statue of Liberty from a distance in New York City.

What will I see?

The Statue of Liberty is the most iconic work of art in American history. Statue of Liberty tickets will provide you and your family with access to Liberty Island, and potentially Ellis Island. General admission is only allowed to view the Statue of Liberty from a distance. Meanwhile, Crown and Pedestal passes feature more in-depth access to the monument.

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated to the United States from France in 1886. It has since undergone a few restorations. There are over three million people that visit the monument each year. Views from the top of the crown exist close to 305 feet above the ground. Meanwhile, the scenery from the pedestal is much lower to the ground yet equally impressive.

Are Statue of Liberty tickets included in any attractions city passes?

Access to the Statue of Liberty is possible through most of the New York City passes, including the New York CityPASS, The New York Pass, New York Explorer Pass, New York Sightseeing Pass, and New York Freestyle Pass.

You can purchase those city passes through a variety of retailers. Make sure to book them online as they are cheaper compared to onsite.

What is the best time to visit the Statue of Liberty? How to avoid the crowd?

If you are taking the ferry to Liberty Island it is recommended to book a tour well in advance. Peak times fill up fast, leaving you with early morning or late morning options. The last few departures also do not get you to Ellis Island which is a drawback.

You can avoid the crowd by purchasing tickets in advance, buying Pedestal or Crown tickets to get priority access in line, and visiting on days that aren’t weekends or holidays, if possible.

What are the Statue of Liberty opening hours?

There are two places to depart a ferry for the Statue of Liberty. The first is from The Battery in New York City. The second is the New Jersey departure from Liberty State Park. The first departures of the day take place at 9 am, and the last departures are at 3:30 pm.

Please note late afternoon departures (2-3p m) do not have enough time to also stop at Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The last departure for Liberty Island generally returns to New York City or New Jersey around 5:30pm.

Travel Tips

  • Book in advance: Statue of Liberty tickets sell out weeks in advance, particularly at the New York City location. If you are struggling getting the date or time you want, consider seeing if the time slot is available at the less popular New Jersey departure.
  • Crown tickets are limited to four tickets. Additionally, one of the four people present must be the individual that purchased the tickets and is under his or her name. Admission is denied for all members of the party without the purchaser present.
  • Large bags are not allowed on Liberty Island. Therefore, avoid bringing backpacks, strollers, or large umbrellas.
  • Visiting the Crown of the Statue of Liberty involves a strenuous climb up 354 steps. Temperatures can also get hot in the enclosed stairway with no air conditioning. You may want to avoid buying this type of ticket if you are concerned about making the entire trek by foot. The only elevator inside the Statue of Liberty reaches the Pedestal, but not the Crown.